Obese children outgrowing school furniture
As children become obese, they're outgrowing school furniture, clothing and growth charts.
February 15th, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Obese children outgrowing school furniture

By Madison Park, CNN

(CNN) - In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.

"I was so large, I couldn't fit in there," said LeBaron, now 19. "Every other student could. I couldn't get my legs to fit underneath the desk or my stomach to fit between the chair without getting the desk stuck with me.

"It was really embarrassing. When class is over, everyone gets up, I would take a few minutes extra, tactfully maneuvering out without looking like a fool."

But LeBaron, who weighed nearly 300 pounds at age 14, never requested a separate table and chair because he didn't want to draw more attention to himself.

Taylor LeBaron, at nearly 300 pounds, struggled to fit in his seat during middle school.

As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand.

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  1. Louie

    I just saw a teen order a diet chicken sandwich at a fast food place and then proceed to load up on 6 big cups of coke. Amazing! The soda had more calories than the sandwich.
    Either outlaw corn syrup and use fructose instead or make a law so that people have to pass a test stating that they are aware of the consequences to get a license to buy cke.

    February 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm |